Tackling The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: An Interview with Eoin Colfer about "And Another Thing..."

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  (The advance half-copy in the jaws of the carnival dragon in my living room.)

Bestselling young adult author Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing..., part six of Douglas Adam's classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, will be released by Hyperion on October 12th, with a strict embargo on reviews appearing before then. Colfer, according to the press release, "stepped into the late Douglas Adams's shoes to continue the series, at the request of Adams's widow Jane Belsen, who said 'I could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod, and Marvin to pastures new." Even hardcore fans would probably admit the last couple books weren't as strong as the first three, and for this reason Colfer may indeed breathe new life into the Hitchhiker's Guide series, the first book of which was published thirty years ago. Still, there's always danger when you pick up where a classic left off, and there's also the curious matter of reviewers being given only half the book (possibly to prevent spoilers.) 

Balanced against that, Colfer's an immensely gifted writer, the bits I've read made me chuckle, and Hyperion has put together some very entertaining material on the site for the book, including the Vogon Constructor Training Game. In the following interview, conducted via email this week, I ask Colfer about And Another Thing..., Vogons, and his favorite character, among other topics, some of them sillier than others (Colfer's a patient man). We'll have more about the book on October 12th.


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